HARRISBURG (WSIL) – After weeks of back and forth, the answer to what is happening at Harrisburg Lake is: Nothing in the foreseeable future.
Recently, a person approached the city with an offer of nearly a million dollars to buy the lake.
The lake was put up for sale.
The City of Harrisburg accepts bids for 30 days, promotes Harrisburg Lake and then votes on the sale.
"This is really where we are now. We haven't done anything to the lake right now," said Harrisburg Mayor John McPeak.
Controversy over the sale
While some believe the sale will be beneficial to the people of Harrisburg, others on the city council disagree.
"I think that has become disproportionate. It should never have happened," said Commissioner Rupert Johnson. "That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard in my life."
According to Johnson, the lake is a community asset that generates a good portion of the revenue at a low cost.
Johnson believes Harrisburg Lake will help bring people to the area, while McPeak believes the area is too remote for Harrisburg.
"I wish we could do something to make better use of the lake, but it's a bit remote for Harrisburg. But we'll see what happens," said McPeak.
Harrisburg Lake had sales of approximately $ 87,000 last year.
The cost of the lake was $ 38,000 last year, but this was mainly due to the installation of new campsites.
"The lake is an asset to the City of Harrisburg. Any time you make money on something and don't have to touch it, it's an asset. If it costs the city money and it's a liability then you can sell it," said Johnson.
Officials currently believe that nothing will change at the lake for the time being.
"Right now it's just one way, we get ideas from people about what we can do. But nothing has been done with the lake right now," said McPeak.